Name that strain: weed and weed hybrids
Know your cannabis, this is the first step if you want to try cannabis for either recreation or medicinal purposes.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Name That Strain: Weed and Weed Hybrids
Cannabis, more commonly known as marijuana or weed,
is slowly going mainstream. These days, more and more
users are 'coming out'; extending their support for the
legalization of the humble plant. Whether some folks
approve it or not, it seems that the cannabis is getting
back its former glory. But why is this important?
Cannabis has been used for centuries for its medicinal and
recreational benefits. From treating chronic joint pains to
de-stressing – weed can be enjoyed as long as it's used
responsibly. However, as time went by, it garnered a
notorious reputation for being an illicit drug. But with
Colorado and Washington as the first states to legalize
weed for recreational use, cannabis can come out of its
shadow once again.
As long as you're 21 with valid identification, head on over
to beautiful Colorado and experience a high like you've
never had one before. Take your pick from hundreds of
weed products and varieties. Don't know anything about
weed? No problem! Let your local 'Bud-Tender' get the
right strain for you.
Knowing your cannabis is the first step towards weed love.
The Cannabis plant actually has three types of family; with
two being the most well-known. These are Sativa and
Indica. The least popular one would be Ruderalis.
• Sativa – pure varieties tend to grow tall (as much as
4.5 meters); with long branches and large narrow-
bladed leaves. Known for its uplifting, energetic high.
• Indica – shorter and bushier; with wider leaflets.
Favored by indoor growers due to size. Loved for its
relaxing and mellow high.
• Ruderalis – shorter than an Indica; has very low
quantities of THC.
The Marijuana Family
What's In a Strain
There are more than a hundred strains of marijuana – with
dozens being bred by individual growers. Today's strains
are hybrids: a cross between female and male cannabis
plants of different species. Some hybrids contain more of
one parent plant than the other (as with White Widow,
being 60% Indica and 40% Sativa).
Hybrids generally exhibit traits from their original ancestry.
Some varieties need to be bred a couple of times (under
control conditions) to get a particular characteristic (such
as amount of resin per plant) to stabilize. If left to nature,
breeding happens naturally when female cannabis plants
become pollinated by male cannabis plants.
Name Your Strain
Sour Diesel. Fast Haze. Purple Kush. Pandora.
What do all these names mean? Don't be intimidated if
you're a weed newbie. These terms were usually given by
growers to their strains to differentiate them from the
hundreds available in the market. When naming a weed
strain, several factors - such as taste, odor, color, and origin
– are considered. It also separates them based on THC level
and medicinal benefits.
Some names are more memorable than others. In countries
where marijuana marketing is legal, competitive names
make a weed strain more saleable. Growers also use the
naming system to pay homage to famous stars and
personalities. Some weed types can be misleading though;
with strains named after common food items (Parsley and
Squid). So if ever you're in Botanacare and are not sure
whether to get a Haze or a Kush, just remember: it's still